What do armyworms look like?
Armyworms look quite different depending on the stage of development they are in; adult or immature larvae.
The larvae of armyworms are caterpillars and grow to about 3/4 of an inch in length. They are typically greenish or browni and, depending on the species, have stripes of various colors (green, yellow, red, or brown) running down their sides and backs.
Adult armyworms are gray-colored moths. They have a wingspan of about an an inch and a half. The front wings are dark gray with splotches of light and dark colors; the underwings are white.
Are armyworms dangerous?
Armyworms are damaging outdoor pests. The larvae are not dangerous to people and cause us no direct harm, but they are destructive and cause damage to grass and other plants using their chewing mouthparts. They were named because they tend to look like a small army working across a yard or other piece of land they are feeding on.
Armyworms are efficient feeders and cause devastating, unsightly, and costly damage. The damage from these pests initially makes the grass look dry but can eventually cause it to die and create brown patches in your lawn.
Where am I likely to find armyworms?
Adult armyworms lay their eggs on leaves and grasses; when the larvae hatch, they feed for a period of about three to four weeks, pupate, and emerge as new adult moths. The damage the larvae create when feeding is the reason these pests are unwanted in our Texas yards.
Bermudagrass is popular in many Texas yards and, unfortunately, is one of these lawn pest's favorite foods. Armyworms are unwelcome pests that we regularly find damaging Texas yards, landscapes, golf courses, and fields.
Does Modern offer armyworm control?
Yes, we do! Our lawn pest control services protect lawns in Greater Houston, Katy, and surrounding areas from armyworms, sod webworms, and other lawn pests. Our lawn care program is tailored to your lawn's needs and protects your landscape from destructive pests. To learn more about working together to maintain a healthy, green, and lush lawn, contact us at Modern Pest Control today!
How can I prevent an armyworm infestation?
The most effective way to help prevent a problem with armyworms is to maintain a healthy lawn. Proper aeration, fertilization, watering, and irrigation can go a long way in ensuring your lawn will win a war against armyworms. However, partnering with a professional is the best way to prevent armyworm problems. Give us a call today to learn about our lawn pest control services!